The Parish grouping of Camlough, Mullaglass, Ballymoyer and Belleek Union are thinking of organising a Parish Pilgrimage to Rome.
Saint Paul Lived in Rome for two years, and Rev. Synnott along with Rev. Broddle have thought it be a good idea for us as a parish to go on a pilgrimage and follow the route of Saint Paul through Rome.
Rome is a very historical city, and there are significant parts of it where we can get a real glimpse into the life of Saint Paul. Where we can connect what we read, to the real world and try and get a new sense of his life.
Rev. Broddle gives more details in the video below.
Obviously in the current situation there are no definite dates or plans, but if you think this is something you might be interested in, let your Parish Secretary know, and they can add your name to the list.
At this early stage, its more about working out realistic numbers and interest, before going further with organising the trip.
So if you are interested, let us know, no obligation.
N.B. For those who are like Gordon and I, and appreciate their classic minis, Rome is a good spot to find a few, as I discovered a few years ago. (You can have any colour, as long as its British Racing Green…)
On the 21st July 2020 our church posted its first ever YouTube video explaining the new procedures we would have to adopt to enable us to worship safely in-church.
The video introduced us to what would become our norm over the next year. Social distancing, tape, hand sanitising, and for some, the loss of their family pew.
Then that Sunday we hit two milestones. Sunday 26th July 2020 at 10am was the day we finally returned to church since 15th March 2020. We had been out of church for 18 Sundays in a row. We had missed our annual Orange Service, but most severely we had missed our most important Religious festival, Easter.
However that Sunday brought hope as we dusted the church down and welcomed those who were able back into the building for inchurch worship.
The Second milestone that day was our very first livestream of the service. It went out on YouTube simultaneously and for the very first time in the history of our church you could participate in the morning service from the comfort of your own home. That livestream video ended up being watched by 55 people, and allowed those shielding to still participate as full members of the church congregation.
The Church continued to hold in-church worship for the rest of 2020, making it to 3rd January 2021, before we had to shut again due to the rise in infections. 24 solid weeks of both In-church worship and livestreaming. Incidentally both the 3rd January 2021 and the 15th March 2020 services (The last to be held before a lockdown) had to be conducted in the hall due to issues regarding the heat in the church building.
We then successfully reopened the church again on Good Friday, 9th April 2021, back in the church building itself, and we have been there ever since.
For a small country parish I’ve been impressed at how we have collectively handled this pandemic. We rallied together collectively, and we’ve been able to achieve so much. A WhatsApp group allowed us all to stay connected to one another. Our Select Vestry was able to co-ordinate the reopening of the church, really without being able to meet together as normal. The church was reorganised and made safe for a COVID age. Together we got Internet installed into the church, we had cables wired from the hall to the church and we set up a complete livestream system from scratch with limited knowledge on how to do that.
We’ve tried to cater to all our congregation as a church. For those with internet they could communicate with the WhatsApp but also a brand new Church website. Spiritually our needs were met with twice weekly videos from the Rectory, including a bible study, which has delved deeply into the Acts of the Apostles.
For those without internet the church as a group has done its best to keep involved. Sermons have been posted out and many members of the congregation have done their best to keep into contact with those isolating.
We were able to decorate our church for Harvest, we even conducted Christmas fundraising in the form of a very successful Holly Wreath campaign.
Through all that has been thrown at us, we as a church have remained beaten but not down, and ready and raring to go.
Its been a wild and rocky year. One we could not have predicted. Its been very tough on so many people, and it sometimes feels like we’ll never be done with it but when we step back and look at where we were, and where we’ve come, we can see the progress thats been made, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In 2020 we celebrated Easter by watching pre-recorded videos of Rev. Synnott from the Rectory. In July 2020 we had brethren read to us on a video service.
In 2021 we celebrated Easter Sunday in Mullaglass Church, and livestreamed that across the Internet. In July 2021 we had brethren read to us live at the service within the Church building.
Progress is slow, but it is happening. Slowly but surely we will be back to normal. So Happy 1 year since we first re-returned to church, and let us hope that we can see more progress as we move into Harvest, and Advent 2021.
The Annual General Vestry Meeting for St. Luke’s Parish, Mullaglass will be held on Tuesday 20th April 2021 at 7:30pm in the Church Hall.
This is open to all members of the General Vestry, and will include a rundown of the accounts, activities for the year (won’t take long to cover 2020 activities), before the new select vestry and positions are elected.
A good opportunity to see the inner workings of the church.
The meeting will hopefully be available via Google Meet as well for those who cannot make it in person.
The times and dates for the other churches are as follows:
February 2021 is upon us, and drumroll please… Its time to update the General Vestry list for the upcoming year!
I trust you are as excited as I am!
What is the General Vestryperson List?
The General Vestryperson list is a poorly named membership list of St. Luke’s Mullaglass Church. Its designed to record all adult members of our church. It isn’t the Select Vestry, thats a completely different body. Rather its the offical membership list of the congregation.
Why should I join?
If you consider yourself to be a member of Mullaglass Church, then I would recommend making sure your name is down on the official list. It grants you certain privileges and “perks” such as the ability, (if wanted) to attend the Annual Easter Vestry, and the ability (if wanted) to put yourself forward for the Select Vestry.
Am I eligible?
There are three criteria for obtaining membership of Mullaglass Church;
Aged 18 years or older. (Not normally an issue in the Church of Ireland)
Belong to the Parish, or be an accustomed member of the Parish (I.e. Live near the church, or live away from the church but attend anyway)
Contribute meaningfully to Church Funds.
Essentially membership is open and encouraged to all adults of the parish. Gone are the days when just the husband would be registered, the arcane and rather confusing style of recording women as, for example, Mrs Jim Irwin are long gone.
Everyone is equal and everyone has the right to be a full member of our church, as long as they meet the criteria above.
What does Contributing meaningfully to Church Funds mean?
Well according to the most recent copy of the rules I have from the Church of Ireland, it means to contribute half a crown annually to the church funds. Unfortunately those rules are from 1913. Lets say over £5 new pounds annually. Essentially as love as you have contributed something to the Church then you’re good to go.
I am now as excited as you are
Brilliant news! First you can get into contact with me, Mark Irwin either by email, or contact me over on WhatsApp to find out if you are already on the list.
If you aren’t, getting on the list is as easy as filling out one of the two forms. One is for members who live in the Parish (residents), and one is for Accustomed members, i.e. those who live outside the Parish Boundaries.
What are the Parish Boundaries?
Another fine question. One which I don’t know. As far as i’m aware parish boundaries haven’t been mapped and updated for hundreds of years, with the Parish boundaries of Killeavy including our church, as well as Bessbrook and Drumbanagher and potentially Loughgilly.
We’ll judge it on whether there is another Church of Ireland closer to you or not. So for me, living in Belfast I am an accustomed member of the Parish. For the home place in Glasdrummond, on the Armagh Road, I would be a Resident of the Parish.
But generally speaking if you’re from areas such as Cloghinny, Craigmore, Derrywilligan, Glasdrummond, Goraghwood, Latt, Milvale, Mullaglass, Searce or Tullyhappy then you are a resident of Mullaglass Church. If you’re outside this area then you are an accustomed member.
If you aren’t already on the list, simply download the correct form below, fill it in and either email it to me or post it back to me. Ideally before Friday 26th February 2021.
The deadline is the end of the Month to get all new names added.
The Camlough YouTube Channel has hit a 100 video milestone this week!
A big congratulations firstly to Rev. Synnott, who has been posting twice weekly at least since St. Patrick’s day during lockdown.
Each week we have received a midweek reflection/bible study on the Acts of the Apostles as well as a full Morning Prayer Service. In Online Sermons alone Rev. Synnott has prepared 63,836 Words, this covers 86 a4 pages! Not to mention all the Bible Studies, and the physical worship each week across four churches.
Secondly thanks are owed to Trevor Kinnin, who manages the Camlough YouTube Channel. His dedication and editing skills means that each week the whole Parish Group has access to Alan’s videos.
He is also responsible for Livestreaming Bessbrook’s Sunday Service each week at 11:30am.
Between the Mullaglass and Bessbrook YouTube channels we have been able to produce collectively:
44 Online Services
35 Midweek Reflections/Bible Studies
16 Mullaglass Livestreams
13 Bessbrook Livestreams
3 Advice Videos
2 Drive-in related Videos
1 Diocesan Service
1 Music Video
Its been a very difficult year, but with the help of Rev. Synnott, Anne Synnott, Rev. Broddle, Jill Hunter, Trevor Kinnin, the Vestry of Ballymoyer Church, Sam and all others who have helped in the background we have been able to continue worshipping as a Parish Group, regardless of what life throws at us.
St. Luke’s Mullaglass annual Remembrance Sunday Service will take place on Sunday 8th November at the earlier time of 9:30am.
This Service is, as always open to all. As we are fortunate to have a large church, there are still plenty of available pews.
It will be a Service of Morning Prayer, with an act of Remembrance at our Roll of Honour.
This service will be livestreamed on YouTube, and will remain on YouTube, available to watch at anytime.
Poppies from the Royal British Legion are available in the Church Porch. Please consider donating. The Royal British Legion will not be able to fundraise as effectively this year, and so if you see a Poppy appeal box, and can afford to do so, please consider giving a small donation.
BESSBROOK & NEWRY CENOTAPHS
Acts of Remembrances will be going ahead in Both Bessbrook & Newry however both have been adapted due to the current situation we find ourselves in.
This year there will be no parade on Remembrance Sunday from the Legion Hall to the Cenotaph. However, we will still remember those who made the supreme sacrifice by having a short service and laying of wreaths. These numbers will be restricted due to the current regulations in place.
Other organisations who wish to lay a wreath will be given a time slot to do so, however, they will not be part of the short service.
The Legion Hall will not be open on Remembrance Sunday after the service at the Cenotaph.Please follow social distancing at all times.
The Legion has advised members of the public to keep safe, and if possible to stay at home on Remembrance Sunday.
Much the same as Bessbrook Cenotaph, a short service will take place at the cenotaph, with groups of around 10 laying wreaths, one after the other.
Again people are asked to stay away if possible, and if they are in attendance to follow all guidelines, keep their distance and stay safe.
BALLYMOYER – DRIVE IN REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
The Service at Ballymoyer Church of Ireland will be a drive-in Service, at 11:30am at the Church Grounds.
Rev. Alan Synnott, along with Rev. Chris Broddle (Both former Army Chaplains) will be recording an Online Remembrance Sunday Service which will be available on this website, along with YouTube this Sunday.
BESSBROOK AND BELLEEK
Both Bessbrook and Belleek’s services will be at their normal times of 11:30am and 1:30pm respectively.
You might think that surely every Sunday is a Bible Sunday – we read and learn from God’s Word every time we gather as Church whether that is in person or online. However, taking time to celebrate the Bible on Bible Sunday means that we can rejoice about just what a gift the Bible is for each of us. We can often take our Bibles for granted; we have had the Bible in English for hundreds of years and yet there are still millions of people in the world today that don’t have any Scripture available in their own language.
This year we are thinking about the theme of the Big Picture of the Bible – The BIG Story of God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation. The story where God reveals his plans and promises to us; the stories written so long ago that still speak to us today in 2020.
To find out more about Bible Sunday download the Sunday pack below
The Northern Ireland Executive have introduced new measures to counteract the COVID Crisis in Northern Ireland.
Places of worship will remain open with a mandatory requirement to wear face coverings when entering and exiting. This will not apply to parties to a marriage or civil partnerships.
Northern ireland executive office
Masks are also compulsory during the singing of hymns.
The church advises each parishioner to wear their mask for the entirety of the church service. But at the very least your mask must now be worn; before entering the church, during the singing of hymns and when leaving the building at the end of the service.
We thank you for your patience and for following the new guidance. By following the rules we can ensure that Mullaglass church remains open, unlike our Brethren in the Republic of Ireland.
Masks will be made available by the church for those who do not have one to hand.
For a list of the full measures in place click below: